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Report: Shanahan “serious as hell” about Beck despite organizational dismay

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The offseason of John Beck has dragged on so long that we’ve had the backlash to the backlash.  Columnists and teammates alike have stuck up for the guy recently, saying he deserves a chance.

Of course, there are still some folks who have their doubts within the Redskins organization.

When we broke down Washington’s free agent wishlist this morning via a report on NFL.com, we neglected to mention some interesting notes on Beck.

“[Shanahan] is set on Beck,” one source told Jason La Canfora. “That’s his guy. He isn’t just saying it for the media or to blow smoke. He’s serious as hell about it.”

Apparently Shanahan’s “unwavering” support has some in the organization “dismayed.”  The Mastermind is resolute.

It looks like we’ll have the regular season of John Beck too.

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65 Responses to “Report: Shanahan “serious as hell” about Beck despite organizational dismay”
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 4:45 PM

    Looks like the Redskins will be in the cellar of the NFC EAST once again and many years to come. Time to start the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.

  2. crackills says: Jul 13, 2011 4:46 PM

    Beck = Superbowl

  3. ididntsaythat says: Jul 13, 2011 4:48 PM

    I Love it! We are watching the destruction of the Washington Franchise. Dictator Shanahan wasn’t asked to leave Denver for no reason!!! Hopefully, he can stick around in DC till that team is a complete disaster! ‘GO BOYS!

  4. bdickey33 says: Jul 13, 2011 4:49 PM

    Hahahahahahahah. That’s all I’ve got, but this is funny.

  5. vtsquirm says: Jul 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    he was serious as hell about McNabb last year. It didn’t turn out well for us.

    Go Skins!

  6. rayvens says: Jul 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    Apparently Shanahan’s “unwavering” support has some in the organization “dismayed.”
    ————————-
    Being im not a Redskin fan..this should be fun to watch this Season…

  7. mvp43 says: Jul 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    “Serious as hell” is pretty serious………no getting around it. I’m not sure you can get more serious than that. Maybe “freakin serious as hell” or “serious as f-ing hell”

  8. jbcommonsense says: Jul 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    Testaverde was a late-bloomer, but I don’t see this working.

  9. mystictate says: Jul 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    The Foreskins will always suck!

  10. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 13, 2011 4:56 PM

    Shannahan is set on *Andrew Luck

  11. jaggedmark says: Jul 13, 2011 4:57 PM

    You should never write the word “mastermind” in the same story as one that mentions Mike Shanahan.

  12. stevo8drum says: Jul 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    Eagles fans love it!

  13. trbowman says: Jul 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    Que the Andrew Luck comments.

  14. naterysavy says: Jul 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    If Shanahan is “serious as hell” about starting John Beck in 2011, then he must be “serious as hell” about drafting Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft next year too.

  15. arrrguendo says: Jul 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    You want a sure bet? Put your money on the exact opposite of whatever Jason La Confora says…

    He’s always wrong. ALWAYS.

  16. androk23 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:04 PM

    Well, Washington WOULD be the one team that would purposely tank a season to get Luck…I was saying that before the Beck talk.

  17. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 13, 2011 5:06 PM

    As much as I hate the Dawg Killa, now I’m thinking we should have tried to get him. He sucks too but Beck will suck more and longer. Too bad I’m not talking about a porno movie hahahaha!

  18. baddegg says: Jul 13, 2011 5:08 PM

    Just before the draft, Jason La Canfora reported that his inside sources told him that the Redskins were planning on trading up to # 2 to pick Gabbert.

    Then the Redskins didn’t even take Gabbert at 10.

    So take it with a grain, guys…

  19. trbowman says: Jul 13, 2011 5:11 PM

    You people think this is the NBA…..lol.

  20. fifthorkid says: Jul 13, 2011 5:15 PM

    Okay, once again Rosenthal gets people all worked up over nothing. Shanahan is not quoted as saying he is “serious as hell”. That is LaConfora’s statement, so why try to mislead the readers Greg??

    And I agree with the earlier comment about LaCanfora always being wrong. He was terrible as the Wash Post beat reporter. If you followed him you would see the daily backlash he had on his stories.

  21. supashug says: Jul 13, 2011 5:18 PM

    Isn’t he supposed to be serious about his Quarterback, he is the freakin coach of an NFL team

    oh wait sorry, Redskins, this is quite a change. Now who is this Beck kid

  22. jamaltimore says: Jul 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    He was serious as hell in Denver when he traded for the entire Cleveland brown front line of first round draft busts! He was serious as hell on Easter Sunday with Donovan.

  23. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    I think LaCanfora misquoted his source. I think what he actually said was:

    “He’s seriously crazy as hell”.

  24. joesphkerr says: Jul 13, 2011 5:25 PM

    Redskins=Raiders East

  25. therealsmiley says: Jul 13, 2011 5:33 PM

    All you experts know better than Mike Shanahan. Thank God you hacks shuffle papers instead. Hail!!

  26. BroncoNick says: Jul 13, 2011 5:38 PM

    I recall Shanahan doing good things with a Stanford QB before…
    Redskins #1 for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
    But I really could care less.
    Go Broncos!!!
    #15 to the rescue! Tebow time!

  27. outofluckinaspen says: Jul 13, 2011 5:51 PM

    Just saw Dan Snyder in Aspen 5 minutes ago.
    He looked pretty relaxed despite organizational dismay!!

  28. bhester1906 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:54 PM

    This is the same guy who said the Skins are “trying like hell” to move up and draft Gabbert. Remember that…

  29. unclecaptainshane says: Jul 13, 2011 5:54 PM

    I’m serious as hell when I say that Shanarat has done nothing without John Elway, and should never be referred to as the mastermind

  30. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    Eagles, Giants and Cowboys fans all love this because John Beck is going to suck just like the Redskins do every single year.

  31. feldman9000 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:19 PM

    Was Shanahan serious as hell about Tommy Maddox too?

  32. burgandyandgold says: Jul 13, 2011 6:19 PM

    To be fair, Beck never had a chance to show what he could do. That said, I foresee another long season. I also foresee another season without a Super Bowl for the Eagles.

  33. cincinnasti says: Jul 13, 2011 6:26 PM

    I think this is probably Shanahan’s way of looking at the big picture.. He tried in the draft to undue some of the previous mistakes and mentality of overspending. He could look at John Beck as a sacrificial stop gap for this year. He probably see’s the Redskins in a better position next year to make big moves on big things.

  34. beastofeden says: Jul 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    Die hard Redskins fan here:

    4-12..AGAIN

  35. smootysmoot says: Jul 13, 2011 6:36 PM

    @eaglesfootballfan

    Looks like the Eagles will once again NOT Win a Super Bowl. Seriously, ur team every year gives u Fans false hope that they can actually Win a big game. As bas as it is to be a Skins fan now, It has to be painful to be an Eagles fan and know they have never Won a SB and never will. That window is almost shut

  36. tomwill21 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:45 PM

    tomwill21 “serious as hell” when he laughs about Beck starting…

  37. tomwill21 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    jaggedmark says:
    Jul 13, 2011 4:57 PM
    You should never write the word “mastermind” in the same story as one that mentions Mike Shanahan.
    ———————
    Unless it’s “Shananhan is the ‘mastermind’ that took a 10th ranked overall defense (2009) and turned them to a 31st (2010) the following year…”

  38. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:06 PM

    As A Redskins Fan I will say this…..Dont You believe it!!!!….On the other hand if this is true,Shanahan is clearly putting his job on the line! And why would he do that to get Andrew Luck if he wont be around.I`ll bet you that Rex Grossman will be the starter on week 1.Sure Rex is`nt great but he knows that offense,ask Dallas.He threw for over 300 yards and had 4 touchdowns against the team everybody says is great!!!!!!!…..

  39. stylinandprofilin says: Jul 13, 2011 7:27 PM

    Don’t forget, Beck has only been in the league for a few years and was a 2nd rd pick. He came out of byu with a lot of potential. He hasn’t had an opportunity to show what he can do. Also u have to remember the coaches who drafted him in Miami were fired after his rookie year so he hasn’t been with a head coach who really has believed in him. He has the leadership qualities needed in a qb and if the skins can put some weapons around him like rumored earlier today, the kid will be a big surprise to everyone.

  40. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    Redskins fans are haters. Each and every signle one of them. Shanarats are going to make them the worst team in the NFL.

  41. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 13, 2011 8:05 PM

    “Redskins=Raiders East”

    =================================

    OUCH! No need to get ugly!

  42. artbyrob says: Jul 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    John Beck Helped the Dolphins to the #1 overall Draft Pick And Now Can Do The Same For The Skins.

  43. krashie21 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:29 PM

    Now, don’t slag me for saying this, but if this guy somehow becomes a certified Top-10 QB in this league (a miracle, I realize, but you never truly know, do you?)…..

    Where would his comeback/emergence compare with guys like Warner, Brady, Plunkett, Beuerlein, etc.????

    Those guys came off the veritable scrap heap too…..

  44. thetooloftools says: Jul 13, 2011 9:40 PM

    This is just “smoke” (b.s.) to get interest in moving McNabb.
    P L E A S E

  45. backuppunter says: Jul 13, 2011 9:43 PM

    there were a couple of years where i won my fantasy league just by picking whatever no name running back the the broncos were going to start. but shanahan seems to have lost his grasp on reality. of course as soon as he proves me wrong i will say i always new beck would be a great a qb. maybe i’ll put him on my fantasy team. a late pick but you never know

  46. somethingcreativeabound says: Jul 13, 2011 9:59 PM

    We can’t get any worse. Let’s see what he’s got.

  47. mdnittlion says: Jul 13, 2011 10:01 PM

    @ smootysmoot

    Hey some simple math for you 12 yrs, 3 playoff games, 1 win. Keep bringing up what happened almost two decades ago that shows where your mind is. Now go place a call to your spiritual adviser Vinny Cerrato.

  48. realfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 10:05 PM

    Perhaps, the beginnings of “Suck for Luck” in DC? At least if that’s the case, Skins fans can look forward to this overrated buffoon being out the door this coming January, if not sooner.

  49. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jul 13, 2011 10:22 PM

    Hey guess what, guys. Mike Shanahan isn’t reading this thread, so think about this:

    Maybe he knew he wouldn’t have a full off-season, or maybe even much of a training camp, with a rookie QB if he took one in this year’s draft…

    Maybe he thought he’d have a better shot with someone who already had a year in the system and who has some physical talent and leadership qualities…

    Maybe he realizes that if neither Grossman or Beck work out well this year then the team will be in a good position to draft someone next year…

    From where I sit, I’d say Mike Shanahan probably has a better grip on reality than most of the “fans” who are blasting him on PFT.

  50. damnskins703 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:40 PM

    Give Mike Shanahan 2 more yrs and I believe the Skins will be on the top of the division for many yrs to come..I think if kyle doesnt work out this yr then they need to look elsewhere for an o coordinator….

    Let’s go Skins

    Hail biatchessss

  51. dyehardskinzfan says: Jul 13, 2011 11:45 PM

    Just what if John Beck actually turns into a good but not great NFL caliber QB? I’m not saying he’ll be on the Brees or Rodgers level, but he could be a good game manager who doesn’t turn the ball over. That probably is wishful thinking but hell I’ve seen crazier things happen in the NFL.

  52. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2011 11:49 PM

    @skinsfaninnebraska;

    Maybe all of us guys already knew that Shanny wasn’t reading this thread

    Maybe we doubt his judgement on QB’s seeing that virtually every decision he has made in this department has been a disaster. Try to remember that he didn’t draft Elway.

    Maybe we all remember that his hand picked replacements for Elway included such future hall of famers as Brian Griese and Tommy Maddox.

    Maybe we all remember that Shanahan hasn’t won a playoff game in 11 years.

    So maybe we aren’t completely crazy in questioning his judgement.

  53. mrba4775 says: Jul 14, 2011 12:12 AM

    shanahan must be smoking some good …….
    the redskins will be drafting luck #1 in
    2012, guaranteed.

  54. andyreidisfat says: Jul 14, 2011 1:12 AM

    “That window is almost shut” I have been hearing this for almost 9 years now from Redskins fans. At some point when do you realize you can’t see the window because the basement door IS shut.

    Anyway I feel bad for the non moron Redskins fans. And i feel bad for fans of the NFC East. I like it when all the teams are good (even Dallas). The Eagles play 6 games a year against these teams and when they are all good thats 6 really good football games a year. The last decade though its only been at max 4 good games a year. Hell The Eagles beat the Redskins on one play last year. And if not for a cheap shot in the first game the Birds probably destroy you twice.

    Oh and for all you Redskins fans who think your team will tank enough to get Luck, good luck with that. Between Buffalo Denver (though Denver could be good if Tebow is for real) Miami and the browns are all going to gunning for that pick. And your dumbass owner spends just enough money to get you that 5th win witch gives you the number 4-10 pick.

    On a side note. Please tell “the Mastermind” to just cut Fat Al when the lock out ends so we don’t have to watch every team in the league say no before you end up cutting him anyway and he comes to philly for 2% of the money and dominates all year long. Its funny how players go to washington and suck balls then leave and all of sudden they are good again. Its like a bottomless talent pick in DC.

    Perhaps all of the bad karma all the fat cat politicans bring to the city is why that team sucks so much.

  55. MichaelEdits says: Jul 14, 2011 2:57 AM

    Shanahan the Ultimate Leader lost Super Bowls with Elway. What makes anyone think he can win anything with Beck?

  56. weneedlinemen42 says: Jul 14, 2011 5:36 AM

    Again, for people who don’t follow the Redskins, Jason La Canfora is famous as a Skins insider who never has any real insider information.

    As a beat reporter he had to get all his information from bottom of the depth chart players. Why, because the organisation got annoyed by his coverage and decided to lock him out.

    JLaC often went to bat for those roster fillers as though they were all-pros with some of the most rediculous puff pieces, typically filed just after the Redskins cut them and they disappeared into mediocrity at the bottom of another franchises roster.

    La Canfora has zero credibility. He is constantly shelling out the sort of predictions that could be made by anyone who has read a few sports sections and, unsurprisingly, they are nearly always wrong.

    I think the best entertainment he has ever given was during the draft when the NFL Network paired him up with Mike Lombardi. You could see it on Lombardi’s face, “Why the hell have you made me sit next to this cretin, wtf is going on about?”

  57. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 14, 2011 7:15 AM

    @damnskins703
    The problem is, can the father muster the strength to can the son if he doesn’t do well? The answer is no, it’s his SON!!
    Therefore, I hate to say it, but I don’t think it’s going to work out here. Ever know someone who went into business with his brother-in-law, or whatever? You need to deal with people who are “Outsiders” to you and yours, so you can deal in logic and keep emotions out of things, when it comes to business….

    Plus, like so many others already said, it’s Jason LaCanfora, so obviously he’s going to sign a QB and NOT start John Beck. After all, HE’S JOHN BECK….

  58. jimmysee says: Jul 14, 2011 7:23 AM

    I just don’t see how this could ever work out.

    Even if the Redskins somehow manage to end up with Andrew Luck, and even if he proves to be the real thing, it’s hard to believe, given Dan Snyder’s impatience and his meddling impulse, that Shanahan would still be employed as head coach *after* the lousy lousy season that would be required to win the Luck sweepstakes!

  59. joparks says: Jul 14, 2011 1:36 PM

    Let’s correct some errors here. When did Shannahan lose a SB with Elway? SB’s 21, 22, 24 I believe were coached by Dan Reeves. Shannahan coached Elway to wins in SB 32 & 33. Shannahan also did coach a win in the playoffs in 2005 which was 6 seasons ago.

    Just keeping things honest.

  60. joparks says: Jul 14, 2011 1:58 PM

    Another comment, just wondering and some people have mentioned it, No off-season basically because of the lockout. What should Shannahan do? Draft a QB who not only has to adjust to the speed of the game and learn the system in a week because that’s how long they are probably going to get before training camp starts. Bring in a QB that basically has to learn the system in a week. Or use a guy that has been on the team for a year, is already signed, has observed the system, gone through the film and knows the terminology? Honestly, the third option doesn’t seem to be that bad of an option. Granted, there isn’t a guarantee of success but he is playing with house money here. If it fails, they are in a good position to draft a QB next year. If it succeeds, then all of you guys eat crow and he gets his genius label back. Either way he’ll get his genius label back because he’s making changes that are going to benefit the team in the long run. The one thing this team has right now is direction which it didn’t have before. It takes a couple of years before you can see it.

  61. smootysmoot says: Jul 14, 2011 8:13 PM

    @mdnittlion

    Here is some more simple math, Genius. 3 SB wins for the Skins, 0 for the Eagles

  62. mdnittlion says: Jul 14, 2011 10:02 PM

    @ smootysmoot

    Still embarrassed to talk about the last decade, the present and real future. Hey why don’t you call up a Chiefs fan and talk about SB IV while you at it, sure it happened over 3 decades ago, but in 10 yrs you’ll be saying the exact same thing “Remember when we won it all and use to be relevant to pro football, cause in my old age I’m starting to forget”. Enjoy the Basement of the Division once again.

  63. smootysmoot says: Jul 14, 2011 10:46 PM

    @mdnittlion

    Wow, u really got me. I don’t have a problem acknowledging that the Team I root for isn’t very good. Admit that u don’t know what ur talking about and that ur Team will let u down once again this year. Enjoy not winning anything meaningful again.

  64. mdnittlion says: Jul 15, 2011 12:24 AM

    @ smootysmoot

    Deadskin fans always like to throw gas on the fire call them out and you get the same typical DC sports line every time ya we’re not winning, but neither are you. The problem is the Eagles have been winning the past decade while that BS line about the Skins not being very good is what describes team that has a couple of down years not a decade plus drought of fielding a team just to sell tickets. Just admit you don’t know what your talking about, Snyder has the same management philosophy as the Bungals make money and winning is second and as always enjoy the basement of the division.

  65. moonriver22 says: Jul 15, 2011 3:24 AM

    Shanahan’s track record with the Skins didn’t start with some idiotic ramblings by JLaC. It started when he signed Willie Parker and Larry Johnson, and then of course #5. Then he yanked #5 at a pivotal moment and stuck in his turnover machine, Grossman. This did not go well.

    So…color me underwhelmed.

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